Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Under The Stars by @LinnBHalton #Spiritual #bookreview

Today’s review is from team member Cathy, she blogs at https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy chose to read and review Under The Stars by Linn B Halton in conjunction with Brook Cottage Books

Under The Stars

My thanks to Linn Halton and Brook Cottage Books for sending a copy for review

Under The Stars is narrated in the first person from three perspectives; Katherine’s, Mark’s and James,’ each with their own titled chapters.

Katherine Dale is at a crossroads in her life, having just lost the job which has been her life for the last twenty-one years. Hoping to forge a new career as a writer she is nevertheless angry and frustrated to find herself in this position after her years of dedication to, and enjoyment in, her job. She lives in the beautiful Cotswolds with No. 4, her brilliantly named cat. Katherine is an enthusiastic and devoted follower of Mark Ainsley-Thomas, an acclaimed astrologer, and sets great store by her daily personalised horoscopes. When her forecasts begin to appear unclear and not what she’s used to, Katherine finds herself becoming confused and unable to plan efficiently. ‘Perhaps he’s not feeling his usual self, or perhaps the astrological signs are being purposely obtuse.’

Since the death of Mark’s agent of many years he has cause to regret signing with his new agent, Harriet, as he finds himself on the fame circuit, spending a lot of time away from home and not having enough time to spend working on his forecasts. Mark is uncomfortable with the way Harriet is controlling his life and trying to make him a celebrity as fame and money aren’t his driving force.

“I want to be famous for the accuracy and content of my forecasts, I want to help people who are struggling to find their way through some of life’s harsher moments. I feel that is my true and worthy destiny. But how do I explain that to someone like Harriet? The fact is, I don’t. Why? Because I’m a coward and she scares me to death.”

James Kingman is going through a bad patch. Losing his inheritance on a disastrous business venture, along with his long-term relationship has dented his confidence badly. ‘I was worried about meeting Mark face to face because the gallery wasn’t just a flop, it was a spectacular disaster.’ As Mark’s schedule becomes more impossible he needs a promising assistant astrologer and James fits the bill. He takes over Mark’s daily horoscope forecasts, still under the Mark Ainsley-Thomas banner, and settles into his new career. Until, that is, he receives irate emails questioning his/James’ forecasts.

BCBHostThe story revolves around the astrology aspect, giving it an interesting spin that works well. I like Linn Halton’s style of writing very much, and how she is able to get right into the minds of the characters, reflecting on love and relationships as well as anxieties and vulnerability. This is helped by the multiple points of view which is a good way to show differing reactions to events and situations. I love the relationship between Katherine and James and the fact they didn’t relate well to each other initially. All the characters are well-developed and engaging, I especially like old Jake, James’ neighbour, his story and the interaction between the two of them. Each of the main characters are at some sort of watershed and as their stories are woven together Linn Halton creates a well-balanced narrative that’s a pleasure to read.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Under The Stars by @LinnBHalton #bookreview

Today’s team book review is from Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read and review Under The Stars by Linn B Halton in conjunction with Brook Cottage Books

Under The Stars

 

WHAT I SAY

I really did enjoy this book it was a great fun read

Katherine is the main character i like her she made me smile she work very hard in her job .She could be a bit hard sometimes i felt she   strike fear in her work place but things do not seem to work out how she planed she now finds herself unemployed What she going to do now ?

She’s going to write a book. she goes to her houses in the Cotswolds with her cat, he called No. 4 which i like .she gets to work on her book she does it all on her computer she in to her stars signs  Mark the man that does the stars for the paper she feels so connected to him he never wrong he seem to be all way right he can really read her so well but now things are going wrong she no happy she inbox him or was it him?  I like how she join the local community I enjoyed reading about the writing group she join her life was now going well now soon things were going well she was becoming a local star she was enjoying it all but was she really you have to read to see what happens

I like James character he was so likeable  he was having a hard time his wife left him his dad had die he had not met his dad expectations they seem to be hanging over him but he got the chance to put things right He was ready for a change, so he takes a job writing the daily horoscope for Mark It’s was  going great, he loving it until Katherine starts sending complaints to his inbox she not happy with what he been writing i enjoy how they build up a relationship it was great to see just how we all read things so differently we get different view points on the horoscopes and life it makes a very enjoyable read will sparks fly can they be fall for each other what going to happen ?

You all got to read to see what happens it a great fun read packed with action a lovely story i like the writing style of this book it was so easy to read the story will just hook you it a fun read i love to check out my horoscope each day do you ?   Do you believe in them?

I read this book for Brook cottage tour as part of Rosie Amber book review team member i would to thank you for letting me read and review.

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